Dee Ganley’s Changing People, Changing Dogs: Positive Solutions for Difficult Dogs is used by many trainers, particularly since it contains many clearly explained exercises that help difficult dogs.
What’s a difficult dog? I suppose it’s any dog that someone gets exasperated with, but generally the term includes dogs who don’t learn well because they lack normal control of their actions, or because their self-confidence is diminished.
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This revised edition has new exercises and photos. It’s crammed with easy-to-read and easy-to-implement strategies, techniques, exercises and games, Dee walks the reader through over fifty methods of addressing canine fear and aggression. The simple and effective exercises will have you and your dog(or your clients and their dogs) well on the way to a happy relationship. Strictly positive methods!
This book covers a lot of ground, with sections on:
- Training equipment
- Toys and chews for environmental enrichment and play
- Canine communication
- How dogs learn
- How to assess a dog for training and behavior work
- A few case studies.
What Others are Saying
“A good third of the book is an appendix giving step by step, detailed and clearly explained instructions for numerous exercises. Two of the self-control exercises that I use with clients almost daily are the Settle: Relaxed Down on Lead, and the Find It Game”. – Carolyn Clark, M. A. Director of Centre for Applied Canine Behavior
Having had more than one difficult dog myself, I was pleased to see this emphasis.